2020 Winter Exhibitions at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre

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WINTER EXHIBITIONS LAUNCH

Thursday 16 January 2020
Members’ Preview: 5–6 pm
Public Reception: 6–7:30 pm

The Season Launch celebrates seven powerful new exhibitions including The Pathos of Mandy: Walter Scott, Inuuqatikka: My Dear Relations, B-Side Agnes Etherington: Paul Litherland, From Tudor to Hanover: British Portraits, 1590–1800, Face of the Sky: From the Collections, Playing Doctor: General Idea Multiples and Quest for Colour: Five Centuries of Innovation in Printmaking. Agnes curators and invited guest curators are presenting a rich range of art dating from the 1500s to the current moment, including several recently acquired works.

THE PATHOS OF MANDY: WALTER SCOTT

In Walter Scott’s new body of work, the central character is Mandy, an artist who has lost all legal ownership of his fictional character. A film follows Mandy through various vignettes of hubris and desperation as he attempts to piece together who he is, both personally and artistically, now that the central focus of his art practice is gone. The film and the accompanying installation are together a meditation on the slippery states between the fiction and reality of the “artist,” of aesthetic representation and of the self.

Fresh from New York’s International Studio & Curatorial Program, Scott will be this year’s Stonecroft Artist-in-Residence at Agnes Etherington Art Centre.

Walter Scott is an interdisciplinary artist working with writing, illustration, performance and sculpture. In 2011 while living in Montreal, he began a comic book series, Wendy, exploring the narrative of a fictional young woman living in an urban centre, who aspires to global success and art stardom but whose dreams are perpetually derailed. Contemporary questions of representation, cultural production, popular culture and narrative construction are central to his practice. Recent exhibitions include those with Remai Modern, Plug-In Institute of Contemporary Art, Galerie UQO in Gatineau, Koganecho Bazaar, Yokohama, Japan, Macaulay & Co. Fine Art and Francois Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles 2015. He was artist-in-residence at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2018.

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INUUQATIKKA: MY DEAR RELATIONS

This exhibition features video works, ephemera and production material created by Arnait Video Productions, the world’s leading women-centered Inuit filmmaking collective. Arnait represents the voices of Inuit women across generations, addressing traditional knowledge and contemporary life. This exhibition is part of Arnait’s March 2020 artist residency at Queen’s Vulnerable Media Lab, which includes intergenerational dialogues, workshops, and screenings. The exhibition is presented in collaboration with Archive/Counter-Archive and the Vulnerable Media Lab.

Members of Arnait Video Productions include Madeline Ivalu, Susan Avingaq, Lucy Tulugarjuk, and Marie-Hélène Cousineau. As of 2019, Arnait has produced over twenty works, including three fiction features, a documentary feature, two television series, twelve short and mid- length documentaries, one short and one mid-length fiction film, and two animated films. The exhibition is curated by Nakasuk Alariaq, Linda Grussani and Tamara de Szegheo Lang.

B-SIDE AGNES ETHERINGTON: PAUL LITHERLAND

Montreal-based photographer Paul Litherland offers unprecedented access to the little-seen “back sides” of paintings from the Agnes’s historical European collection in B-Side Agnes Etherington. Printed to scale, his photographs are mounted on commercial painting stretchers, which lend them the aura of original canvases while offering privileged views of labels, installation hardware and preservation devices. Enlightening viewers about the physical histories of Old Master paintings, this exhibition invites viewers to contemplate notions of the simulacrum and the trompe-l’oeil tradition.

Paul Litherland’s artmaking practice deals mostly with photography and video, and his work has been the focus of solo exhibitions at numerous venues across Canada and abroad. Agnes is proud to present Litherland’s work to the Kingston community for the first time.

FROM TUDOR TO HANOVER: BRITISH PORTRAITS, 1590–1800

In recognition of a number of spectacular acquisitions in recent years, From Tudor to Hanover: British Portraits, 1590–1800 investigates the evolution of the painted and printed portrait in Britain. The desire to fashion the self, record achievement and cultivate fame has appealed to British citizens since the early modern era. Accordingly, this show explores the fundamental issues of identity—gender, class and status—by presenting portraits by Peter Lely, Godfrey Kneller and others in the context of evolving national and cultural boundaries.

FACE OF THE SKY: FROM THE COLLECTIONS

Face of the Sky turns its gaze upwards, tracking a longstanding artistic fascination. In feature works from the Agnes contemporary and historical collections, skies swarm with figures, depicting spiritual epiphanies and embedded histories that seem to both belong to the land and carry transcendent potential. Taking inspiration from artist John Hartman’s drypoint landscapes, the exhibition combines Inuit printmaking, Italian Renaissance angels, Canadian mystical landscapes, modernist sculpture and contemporary mediations.

Featured artists include Kenojuak Ashevak, Thomas Carl Burrows, Emily Carr, Dave Gordon, Lawren S. Harris, John Hartman, Kathleen Munn, Natsivaar, Christiane Pflug, Mary Pitseolak, Levi Alasua Pirti Smith and Angotigalu Teevee.

PLAYING DOCTOR: GENERAL IDEA MULTIPLES

Affordable and ubiquitous, General Idea multiples were an activist means of disseminating activism. The Canadian collective, comprising AA Bronson, Felix Partz and Jorge Zontal, was an international artistic force. From the 1970s through early 1990s, they sent into the world art editions in various media that played upon consumerism, collaboration, media culture, queer counterculture and AIDS. Playing Doctor samples three decades of multiples-making from the Agnes collection, revealing the interconnectedness of General Idea’s ironic, often humorous, and self-referential practice.

QUEST FOR COLOUR: FIVE CENTURIES OF INNOVATION IN PRINTMAKING

Printmaking is essentially a linear medium. How, then, to achieve the tonal richness of painting? Quest for Colour explores the inventive techniques through which printmakers from Albrecht Dürer to Andy Warhol have sought to answer this challenge.

Curated by students in the Art History Program at Queen’s University, with Professor Stephanie Dickey, Bader Chair in Northern Baroque Art.

CONTINUING EXHIBITIONS

To 12 April 2020: The Art of African Ivory

To 6 September 2021: Sandra Brewster: Blur


Agnes Etherington Art Centre is a globally networked art museum situated in the heart of Queen’s University’s historic campus in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

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AGNES THANKS Queen’s University, the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, City of Kingston Arts Fund through the Kingston Arts Council, Ontario Arts Foundation, Government of Canada, Isabel and Alfred Bader Fund of Bader Philanthropies, Inc. and Lloyd Carr-Harris Foundation, along with funds held at Queen’s University, including: The Bader Legacy Fund, David and Patti Bain Memorial Fund, Janet Braide Memorial Fund, Celebrating Agnes Fund, Collection of Canadian Dress Fund, Dodge Family Indigenous Art Collection Research Fund, Franks Fund, Rita Friendly Kaufman Fund, Justin and Elisabeth Lang Fund, David McTavish Art Study Fund, Chancellor Richardson Memorial Fund, George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund, John L. Russell and Gerald Brenner Fund, Iva Speers Fund for Art Education, and Stonecroft Foundation for the Arts Fund. We are grateful for the crucial ongoing support of our members, and corporate and private donors.

Image: Walter Scott, The Pathos of Mandy (video still), 2019, from the exhibition The Pathos of Mandy: Walter Scott. Collection of the artist

Image: Oana Spinu, Before Tomorrow (production still), copyright Arnait Video Productions, 2009 from Inuuqatikka: My Dear Relations.

For further information, contact Kate Yüksel, Communications Coordinator at (343) 333.5478 or kate.yuksel@queensu.ca.